- Title: Syrians welcome ceasefire: 'We were able to sleep last night'
- Date: 18th October 2019
- Summary: TEL ABYAD, SYRIA (OCTOBER 18, 2019) (REUTERS) MILITARY EQUIPMENT ON BACK OF TRUCK DRIVING THROUGH TEL ABYAD SYRIAN OPPOSITION FIGHTERS FIGHTERS STANDING ON BACK OF TRUCK DRIVING ON ROAD VARIOUS OF BARBERSHOP VARIOUS OF MAN MAKING FALAFELS IN STREET (SOUNDBITE) (Arabic) UNIDENTIFIED RESIDENT OF TEL ABYAD SAYING: ''It is good. (REPORTER ASKING: the ceasefire which was announced yesterday, has it affected you?) Yes, yes, it is good, we are content. We were able to sleep last night. Thank God.'' VARIOUS OF MAN PREPARING FOOD IN FALAFEL SHOP VEHICLE WITH MOUNTED GUN AND TURKISH NATIONAL FLAG DRIVING ON ROAD MAN AND BOY SITTING INSIDE SHOP (SOUNDBITE) (Arabic) UNIDENTIFIED SHOPKEEPER, SAYING: ''It is going well, it is fine.'' MEN AND CHILDREN WALKING TO MOSQUE MOSQUE MAN MAKING CALL TO PRAYER / WORSHIPPERS PRAYING IN MOSQUE COMMANDER IN THE SYRIAN NATIONAL ARMY FORCE SPEAKING IN MOSQUE (SOUNDBITE) (Arabic) UNIDENTIFIED COMMANDER OF A UNIT IN THE OPPOSITION SYRIAN NATIONAL ARMY, SAYING: ''The implementation of the ceasefire will hopefully allow a lot of people to come back safe and sound to their homes.'' VARIOUS OF COMMANDER SPEAKING TO PEOPLE IN MOSQUE
- Embargoed: 1st November 2019 13:54
- Keywords: reaction Syrian opposition border town Turkey civilians YPG Syria ceasefire military operation Kurdish militia Tel Abyad
- Location: TEL ABYAD, SYRIA
- City: TEL ABYAD, SYRIA
- Country: Syria
- Topics: Conflicts/War/Peace,Military Conflicts
- Reuters ID: LVA001B1MH7WN
- Aspect Ratio: 16:9
- Story Text: Resident of the Syrian border town of Tel Abyad, where opposition forces backed by Turkey are in control, said on Friday (October 18) they welcomed a ceasefire agreement that brought a pause in a Turkish military offensive against Kurdish militants in Syria's northeast.
The Syrian National Army with help from Turkish military managed to push back Kurdish militants from the town last week as part of an effort by Turkey to establish a ''safe zone'' within Syria without the presence of the Kurdish militants which Ankara views as terrorist.
In Tel Abyad, life and business appeared slow but residents said the five-day ceasefire agreed between Turkey and the United States was "good".
Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan said on Friday that there were no ongoing clashes in northeastern Syria, after Ankara agreed with Washington to pause its offensive while Kurdish forces withdraw from the safe zone area.
On Friday morning, shelling could be heard at the Syrian-Turkish border despite the pause, but the sounds of fighting subsided by mid-morning.
(Production: Ayat Basma, Khalil Ashawi, Omer Berberoglu)
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